TO THE POINT
Rafe shares his positive and unique perspective of life through lyrically rich songs, and invites you to travel the full spectrum from laugh-out-loud funny to those that somehow manage to be as poignant as they are gently amusing.
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Rafe is an Australian singer-songwriter who writes songs that make him happy. He enjoys playing these songs to other people to make them happy.
Rafe’s songs are very wordy and sung very quickly.
Rafe’s songs cover many genres including jazz, folk, country, hip-hop, a mix of country and hip-hop which he calls ‘hic-hop’, and pop.
Rafe has performed over 300 gigs in 13 countries. Festivals include The Australian National Folk Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and The Woodford Folk Festival.
Rafe has recorded 2 CDs, both of which you should own.
Rafe was a featured artist on JJJ Unearthed.
Rafe used to sing for a kick-arse ska/reggae/rock band called Dahahoo.
Rafe sometimes gets into trouble, but gets out of it by being very short.
Rafe loves what he does. From plucking strings with his fingers, choosing the perfect words to fit the music to standing on a stage in front of an attentive audience, Rafe loves it all, and it shows. On stage, he’s relaxed and comfortable, happy to engage in conversation with the crowd, and it’s these live shows that have given Rafe the reputation that now surrounds him; as a very happy person.
His reputation as a bringer of joy comes not only from his contagious smile, but from the songs which he writes. Rafe shares his positive and unique perspective of life through lyrically rich songs, and invites you to travel the full spectrum from laugh-out-loud funny to those that somehow manage to be as poignant as they are gently amusing.
With musical elements of jazz, pop and folk, Rafe’s music has been likened to artists such as Flight of the Conchords, Tripod, The Cat Empire and even Kermit the Frog. Inspiration for Rafe comes from many sources. The perfectly written jazz songs of composers from the ‘20s and ‘30s, the melodies, social messages and energy from Ska and reggae, the friendly attitudes of the other talented musicians in Canberra and the intricacies and finesse of guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Tommy Emmanuel, but mainly from just walking around and looking at the world.
THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID
“Rafe’s lyrics are endearing, clever, funny, and sweet.” – Emma Gibson, BMA Magazine
“The clever thing here is Rafe’s ability to look at the very darkest corners of the Australian psyche and still find something to joke about. 5 stars” – the-riotact.com
“Definitions be damned – they sound great!” – 666 ABC
“Rafe has musical talent and is a clever lyricist …. Cute and funny.” - hotsource.com
“It’s difficult to understand how Rafe sings so well with his tongue so firmly planted in his cheek” - Culturazi.com
“he is richly lyrical, musical and full of wit, coming at ya with a philosophy of fun.” – loadedog.com
“Love your songs! You’ve got a fine voice on you and your guitar certainly knows who’s boss.” – Mal Webb
“You Stupidly let your red-neck racist tongue slip. I think this song is offensive and should be removed from the website.” - Triple J unearthed
FACTS IN DOT POINTS
- Performed over 300 gigs nationally in the ACT, NSW, NT, VIC, SA and QLD.
- Performed internationally in Germany, France, Mongolia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Holland, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, England and Italy.
- Written and published 46 songs over five albums both solo and with his old band Dahahoo, including tracks that have been played and promoted on commercial and community radio throughout Australia and internationally, television commercials, numerous compilations and have been featured on various web sites.
- Featured Artist on Triple J unearthed (http://www.triplejunearthed.com/rafemorris).
- Producer, director and performer for the sell-out season cabaret called A Show To Make You SMILE! and In Song and Story
- the National Folk Festival Australia (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011),
- Woodford Festival Qld (2005, 2006)
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2011)
- National Multicultural Festival (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011)
- Corinbank, ACT (2008, 2010)
- Summer Rhythm Festival (2010, 2011)
- Hmong Lai festival, Laos (2008)
- Sun Flower Festival, Germany (2008)
- Folkovy Spiz, Czech Republic (2008, 2009)
- Watts Fest, England (2009)
- Gympel Rock, Slovakia (2009)